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So I shot a wedding... (A7ii + 24-70mm GM)

Yohan

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We may get asked to shoot a wedding at some point in our lives. When my friends asked if I could, I responded the same way I did the first two times I was asked: Hire a professional and don't regret it. My friends insisted they like my photos and they want a friend to do it. But I know there's some financial constraints as well. They both finished grad school recently.

I agreed to do it.

Long story short, I shot the wedding with my own A7II body and rented the 24-70 GM (D750 + 85mm f1.4G being the other rentals). Here are some thoughts on the wedding, photos from the A7ii + 24-70 GM combo.

Lighting indoors was challenging. During prep, it was quite harsh. Lighting in the ceremony was quite flat. And low light at the reception. As the first time shooter and shooting alone, there are a lot of things I know how to do but didn't think to do on the fly.
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    65mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 1600
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    61mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 3200
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    43mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 3200
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    54mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 200
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    46mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 1250


The GM lens focuses well. Seemed to be more confident about focusing than my FE35 f2.8. A7RII probably wouldn't have many issues. When I was indoors, I ended up reaching for the D750 more. AF was just that much better.

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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    42mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 125
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    42mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 125
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    24mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 500
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    24mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 500
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    24mm    f/3.5    1/200s    ISO 500
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    27mm    f/3.5    1/200s    ISO 500
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    43mm    f/4.5    1/200s    ISO 250
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    28mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 800
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    36mm    f/4.0    1/400s    ISO 125
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    26mm    f/3.5    1/400s    ISO 200
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ILCE-7M2    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM    24mm    f/3.5    1/400s    ISO 250

24-70mm GM is a big lens compared to the size of the body. Built well and seemed to have good image quality its useful zoom range. I'm not a pixel peeper. And there are many things I could have done differently throughout the day. As a hobbyist/occasional shooter, I never learned the skills to direct my subjects. I could have directed the party shots more. The best man always stood forward from the rest and I didn't notice that until I was reviewing my images.

When I finished editing, I was somewhat indifferent about the quality of work as a whole. But the couple was happy with them. It was definitely a learning experience. Back to shooting film now!

This last photo is with the D750.
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NIKON D750    85.0 mm f/1.4    85mm    f/1.4    1/200s    ISO 9000
 

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I think the images are well done, in the fact that there is a mood that is consistent in the shots for their wedding. The Love is... wall shots are priceless. Very memorable.
And the group shot has a background you won't easily forget!
 

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Nice work! Love the two shots of the happy couple in front of the "Love" wall.

Yes, the Nikon D750 is a beast in low light, especially paired with an f/1.4 lens. The A7ii's sensor is still basically the same sensor in the original A99 and is well behind the D750 as far as higher ISO capabilities. Often you can salvage some high ISO shots that get funky with color by making them Black & White.

Did you find the IBIS in the A7ii useful?
 

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Nice work! Love the two shots of the happy couple in front of the "Love" wall.

Yes, the Nikon D750 is a beast in low light, especially paired with an f/1.4 lens. The A7ii's sensor is still basically the same sensor in the original A99 and is well behind the D750 as far as higher ISO capabilities. Often you can salvage some high ISO shots that get funky with color by making them Black & White.

Did you find the IBIS in the A7ii useful?

Thanks Chris. I had to fight every urge to turn some of the photos B&W. IBIS is definitely helpful while shooting in Aperture priority. I shot in M with a higher shutter speed because auto ISO does not let me select minimum shutter speed.
 

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Some nice shots here and the important thing is that the couple was happy with the results :)
:2thumbs:

I really want to try the GM 24-70 for a wedding but unfortunately we don't have a camera gear rental shop here and of course I can't afford to buy one :(
I've been eyeing the 24-70 f4 but I'm scared that the f4 will be limiting. Hopefully Sigma will announce an affordable e-mount 24-70 2.8 soon

I second shoot weddings (done a few by now) with my A7, 55 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and the combo performs ok. Low light the A7 is a little slow to acquire focus and high iso is not that good. You definitely need a flash for weddings though.
I've also been thinking of "upgrading" to an A7II but I'm not sure if it will be better (af, low light) than the original A7. Patiently waiting to see what the A7-III will offer

The feeling when you see the couple choosing some of your photos for their album is priceless though ;)
 

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People don't realize the stress involved in shooting a big event like this.

I hope they are happy.

Also, that wedding photography is a set of professional skills. One does not simply shoot a wedding because he/she owns a camera.. I felt at ease because it was they who insisted. :)
 

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I second shoot weddings (done a few by now) with my A7, 55 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and the combo performs ok. Low light the A7 is a little slow to acquire focus and high iso is not that good. You definitely need a flash for weddings though.
I've also been thinking of "upgrading" to an A7II but I'm not sure if it will be better (af, low light) than the original A7. Patiently waiting to see what the A7-III will offer
The feeling when you see the couple choosing some of your photos for their album is priceless though ;)

I had the A7 and now the A7ii. There's an improvement but not a major one, imo. A7ii couldn't reliably acquire focus at the reception, especially when they dimmed the lights even further for the first dance. I'd have to learn how to use a flash.

You know what's interesting? When people choose photos that I didn't like very much as their favourites. Different strokes, truly.
 

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I think the images are well done, in the fact that there is a mood that is consistent in the shots for their wedding. The Love is... wall shots are priceless. Very memorable.
And the group shot has a background you won't easily forget!

Thanks, Will. I really wish I centered the group to the background.

I'm going to visit Arizona in March. Just for a week so GC/flagstaff/page area. :)
 
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14 and 15 stand out for me, together with the male group shots. I'm going to my husband's cousin's daughter's (!) wedding in June and wondering what to take. I will NOT be the pro, they hired someone thankfully but I want to use it to get some pictures that will be different to the pro ones ..... My thinking is, GM85 1.4, FE55 and the Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 II for the low light indoor shots. I want to take the Leica M240 and a 50 because I think the shots from that will be totally different and probably badly focussed ;)
 

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14 and 15 stand out for me, together with the male group shots. I'm going to my husband's cousin's daughter's (!) wedding in June and wondering what to take. I will NOT be the pro, they hired someone thankfully but I want to use it to get some pictures that will be different to the pro ones ..... My thinking is, GM85 1.4, FE55 and the Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 II for the low light indoor shots. I want to take the Leica M240 and a 50 because I think the shots from that will be totally different and probably badly focussed ;)

Hmm, you might get some hits with the M240 and zone focusing? I really wanted to take my M4-P but I already had my hands full.
 

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Your photos are great! Had they hired someone all the photos would have been head on with fake lighting. Yuck!
 
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